NYSOE Alumni Association Annual "Brunch and Learn" Highlights the Campaign for Youth Engagement

Monday, June 25, 2012

On January 31, 2012, the New York School of Education (NYSOE) held its annual Alumni Association "Brunch and Learn."  This gathering brought together students, faculty, and alumni from both the NYSOE and Rhea Hirsch School of Education (RHSOE) who live locally. 

Lisa David, Associate Director of Camping at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), and Lisa Barzilai (RHSOE '87), Young Adult Specialist at the URJ, presented the URJ's “Campaign for Youth Engagement: Committing to the Jewish Future."  Currently every arm of the Reform Movement has joined together to embark on a new “Campaign for Youth Engagement” seeking to better understand youth and their families.  The trends have demonstrated that currently many teens and their families choose not to stay involved with congregational life post b’neimitzvah.  David and Barzilai explained the goal of the Campaign: to dramatically improve the ability of Reform institutions to involve young people in meaningful Jewish life and strengthen middle and high school engagement.  Click here to view the powerpoint presentation.

Everyone in attendance, both in person and via video conference, had the opportunity to learn together and build community by sharing their own experiences.  Our presenters invited the students, professors, and alumni to join the Campaign by helping to make change within their own institutions. 

This event serves as one of many opportunities offered by the NYSOE Alumni Association. This summer, the association will gather again to volunteer at the New York campus’ student run Soup Kitchen.


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